My friend Jane and I finally settled on a jaunt to Vienna for my 30th birthday in late March and I couldn’t be more excited. Do you have any Vienna travel tips for us…? I’d love to hear any of your favorite museums, shops, or restaurants. One place I’m anxious to explore is the Schönbrunn Palace. The landscape murals by Johann Wenzel Bergl in the palace’s Bergl rooms look absolutely stunning. When her upstairs apartment became too hot, Maria Theresa (the Holy Roman Empress and Marie Antoinette’s mother) used the space as her “summer rooms.” The following generation covered the murals with grey canvas screens (can you even imagine?!) which weren’t removed until 1891. Thank goodness some restorers began working their magic in 1965 and returned the murals to their original splendor. Fingers crossed we get to visit!
(photography by Alexander Eugen Koller)